A Few Fun Facts about George

Our first president, George Washington was born on this day,
February 22 in 1732. Did you know?

1. His dentures were carved from a hippopotamus tusk.
2. By the time he was 30, he had survived malaria, smallpox, pleurisy and dysentary. He had been shot at twice and fell off a raft into icy water.
3. He liked playing cards, hunting foxes, horse racing and dancing. He gave his hound dogs names like "Sweet Lips" and "Tarter."
4.He snored very loudly.
5. There are 33 counties, seven mountains, nine colleges and 121 post offices named after him.
6. He gave the shortest inaugural address which was only 133 words long and took 90 seconds to deliver.
(Facts culled from the The Writers Almanac).

For more information about Washinton, check out this great website from the the Smithsonian.

Comments

Hey, that was fun... but what an unlucky Hippo!